Northwest Risk Reduction Interventionist

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions.

Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person-and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As 'One Phoenix House' we believe in having fun along the way - embracing 'progress not perfection' as our journey continues.


The Risk Reduction Interventionist is responsible to deliver services to groups of moderate to high risk offenders in the assigned region. The goal of this position is to use specific curricula designed to address anti-social thinking and behaviors in order to reduce the risk of recidivism upon re-entry into or within the community.

The Interventionist is responsible, as needed, to advocate, coordinate, collaborate and develop plans in a proactive array of comprehensive and individualized recommendations for services with the Department of Corrections staff.

The Interventionist activities are provided direct supervision by the Phoenix House Lead Interventionist who works collaboratively with the VT Department of Corrections Administrative Manager and both responsible for the service sites.


Provide DOC contracted delivery of risk reducing activities

Facilitate Evidenced-based curriculum and coordinate collaborative communication with Parole and Probation services as needed.

Provide groups in an understanding, empathetic manner within the criminal justice system.

Respond to client crises and emergencies as needed.

Maintain accurate and timely case and group notes. Document developments and important events in accordance with best practice standards for reporting and record keeping.

Maintain client charts to comply with Phoenix House /VTDOC and/or other state agency standards, using the Electronic Health Record (OMS).

Participate in weekly / monthly meetings as required.

Attend and participate in meetings and required trainings by Phoenix House and the VTDOC.

Participate in individual and/or group supervision on a regular basis with the Lead Interventionist and engage actively in creating your Professional Development Plan with clear goals and objectives.

Participate in ongoing Interventionist Performance evaluations; review with the Lead Interventionist.

Maintain ADP files and complete Relias E-learning requirements in a timely fashion.

Complete administrative work in support of the program.

Be flexible to work at any of the contracted service sites as needed.

Serve as a role model through positive, appropriate conduct and participation in special agency events. Project a good image to the public.

Dress in a professional manner.

Perform other duties as assigned by Lead Interventionist or their assignee.


Demonstrated proficiency in Electronic Health Record OMS system sufficient to fulfill the duties required by this position is expected within 30 days of employment.

Demonstrate empathy and compassion for clients in group, individual counseling, and daily interactions.

Maintain objectivity towards all clients and make clinical decisions based on accurate information.

Demonstrate appropriate boundaries between self and clients.

Promote self-help concept within program. Encourage clients to create their own solutions and encourage clients to use each other for support.

Play appropriate interventionist role, serving as guide in the self-help recovery process.

Track progress of clients assigned to caseload.

Implement daily schedule of program activities. Provide structure and accountability. Monitor and facilitate program activities. Engage in monitoring activities.

Work cooperatively with others and supervisors.

Work in a Trauma-Informed manner when interacting with clients.

Demonstrate patience and consideration when assisting others.

Demonstrate thoughtful decision-making.

Promote choice and empowerment.

Understand the stages of change.

Utilize gender sensitive and culturally appropriate practices.

Ensure client confidentiality in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


To perform this position successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Ability to perform the core functions of a risk reduction interventionist.

Ability to develop rapport with substance-abusing populations.

Ability to apply organizational management skills and maintain self and client

Ability to prepare and maintain required documentation.

Ability to comply with internal, local, state, and federal regulations and policies.

Ability to work and communicate with others.

Ability to work within the confines of a corrections facility and/or its community.


High School diploma, Bachelor Degree or higher preferred from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of knowledge and experience.


Attainment of certification as required by funding/licensing sources (demonstrable pursuit of certification with timetable for achievement is acceptable.)

Not required


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

REGULARLY REQUIRED: to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.

OCCASIONALLY REQUIRED: to stand, walk, stoop, kneel or crouch and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

The work environment is that of a substance abuse treatment milieu which may include:

Exposure to clients infected with Hepatitis B, HIV, TB, or other Infectious Diseases

Business-related travel, as needed, to various service sites.

Phoenix House requires background checks, drug testing, TB testing, verification of employment history, reference checks and possibly a medical exam, prior to employment.

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. EEO is the Law: Applicants and employees are protected under Federal law from discrimination. Click to learn more.